Thursday, November 14, 2019

Oklahoma's Southern Baptists call for abolition of abortion at annual meeting


Hallelujah.

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma held its annual state meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention authorized a re-branding to simply Oklahoma Baptists, elected new officers, and passed several resolutions, the most prominent of which called on the Oklahoma Legislature to "enact legislation for the immediate end of abortion without exception or compromise."

During the 2019 legislative session, leadership of the BGCO publicly opposed an Abolition bill by State Sen. Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow), sparking uproar among many Oklahoma Baptists and ultimately led to this resolution by convention delegates (or "messengers" from churches).

To my knowledge, this is the first Southern Baptist state affiliate to move beyond a generic pro-life stance and adopt a pro-abolition position.

Here is the text of the resolution, posted in the image above:
We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, believe in the sanctity of human life, that every person—born and unborn—is created in God’s image and deserves life. We are thus deeply grieved that the barbaric practice of abortion continues in Oklahoma. We are horrified to know the abortion rate is increasing in Oklahoma, recognizing the loss of each one of these unborn children is a tragedy. We are calling on Oklahoma Baptists to unite toward positive and effective efforts that build a culture of life and that work to end abortion. Through fervent prayer, preaching, legislative efforts, education, volunteering and more, we pledge to renew our efforts to promote life and protect the unborn. With God’s help, we will work to see a day in which every unborn child in Oklahoma and America is protected. Finally, we call upon the Oklahoma State Legislature to enact legislation that calls for the immediate end of abortion without exception or compromise.
Will the BGCO leadership adhere to the voice of Oklahoma Baptists and support an abolition bill this coming legislative session? Time will tell.

As of 2017 there were 1,785 BGCO-affiliated congregations with 579,476 members across the state.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Relative of Mexican massacre victims: hold onto your guns


Last Monday, nine American citizens were gunned down in Mexico by a drug cartel, caught in an ambush on a highway in the northern state of Sonora. The caravan of three vehicles was headed from one Mormon community to another for a family wedding; six of the victims were children ranging from eight months old to twelve years old. Eight children survived and were eventually rescued after hiding in the brush.

Kendra Lee Miller, a sister-in-law of one of the victims, went on CNN last week and had this to say (17:10 mark):
“I don’t know where you’re standing on the whole, people-trying-to-take-the-away-guns-in-America right now, but I say, fight for those guns,” she told Cooper. “These things are happening here in Mexico because the people can’t protect themselves, because by law they’re not allowed to own these guns. So since the government isn’t doing their job of protection in the way that they should, these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless. So I say, hold onto your guns, people.” [transcript courtesy of Disrn.com]
When a people is disarmed, and unable to legally protect themselves, anarchy and oppression by barbaric criminal elements such as exists in Mexico is the ultimate end. All the more reason for Americans to cling to their guns and resist efforts by Leftists to disarm us.

1889 Institute: End the "car dealer licensing cartel"



THE CASE FOR ENDING NEW CAR DEALER LICENSING
New car dealer regulations are anticompetitive, at the expense of Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (November 13, 2019) – “There may not be a clearer example of naked protectionism in the laws of Oklahoma than the protection afforded to car dealers,” says a new study by 1889 Institute Research Fellow, Mike Davis.

The 1889 Institute study, entitled “Fully Loaded: Oklahoma’s Car Dealer Licensing Cartel,” points out that the law:

  1. Makes car brokering (buying on behalf of someone else for a fee) illegal, making it impossible for most Oklahomans to have experienced car buyers act on their behalf, and denying opportunity to those who would like to do so. This means car dealers always have the advantage in deal-making.
  2. Forces car manufacturers to sell only through dealers not owned by the manufacturer (except for those that existed prior to 2000, begging the question of who the law is meant to protect). This means Oklahomans, by law, must pay a middleman in order to buy a car.
  3. Forces car manufacturers to grant dealerships in perpetuity, not allowing a manufacturer to end a dealership agreement unless it shows “good cause” as approved by a body consisting mostly of car dealers. This means manufacturers find it difficult to reorganize business to compete for buyers, which means buyers lose.
  4. Grants new car dealerships exclusive rights to sell in specific geographic territories. This means buyers are dealing in a market with less potential competition.
  5. Explicitly states that its purpose is to prevent new car dealers from going bankrupt. Financial challenge is often a result of competition, with costly, uncompetitive companies being forced to change or make way for efficient companies – a benefit to consumers – and a benefit denied to Oklahomans buying new cars. This is an explicit goal in state law.

“Since Oklahoma’s new car dealer franchising laws are of, by, and for car dealers, instead of being written for Oklahomans in general, it is easy to recommend their complete repeal,” said the study’s author, Mike Davis. “The law is written to allow out-of-state manufacturers and the vast majority of Oklahomans to be preyed upon by new car dealers,” he said.

About the 1889 Institute
The 1889 Institute is an independent Oklahoma think tank advancing public policy ideas to promote the flourishing of all Oklahomans through limited, responsible government, robust civil society, and free enterprise. The publication, “Fully Loaded: Oklahoma’s Car Dealer Licensing Cartel” can be found on the nonprofit’s website at https://1889institute.org/licensing.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Folds of Honor Foundation's Ed Pulido endorses Bice for Congress


Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.), Endorses Stephanie Bice for Congress

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 12, 2019) - The Bice for Congress campaign today announced that Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.), endorsed conservative Republican Stephanie Bice for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. Pulido’s endorsement is part of a growing list of veterans who support Bice’s goal of returning the 5th district back to Republicans.

“I’ve supported Stephanie Bice since her first run for State Senate. She’s a woman of solid integrity and a great American,” said Maj. Pulido. “Stephanie a proven leader who supports my conservative ideals and knows how to get things done.”

“No one knows more about serving our country than veterans, so I’m honored to have the support of Major Pulido,” said Bice. “He’s a true American hero who has sacrificed so much for his country and has dedicated his life’s work to all of our wounded patriots who have served.”

Maj. Pulido, senior vice president of the Folds of Honor Foundation, works to solve issues impacting veterans and military families.

“I’m a disabled veteran and my driving passion is to make sure that our military families are not left behind on the field of battle or on the home front,” said Maj. Pulido. “It is what we at Folds of Honor call the “mission first, people always” approach to make sure that we never forget those that have sacrificed for our country.

“Stephanie takes that same approach in the Oklahoma Senate, and I’ll know she’ll put the concerns of the American people – her constituents – first as our fifth district congresswoman.”

Bice said she would always stand up for America’s service members, veterans and their families.

“National security should be our government’s top priority, but we must also keep our pledge to our veterans and their families. We owe them our freedom, and the least we can do is show our gratitude by providing them the best possible care.”

Since launching her campaign, Bice has established herself as one of the strongest U.S. House candidates around the country. National political forecasters believe Oklahoma’s Fifth District will be the most competitive race in 2020.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Tulsa voters to decide on $640,000,000 tax package


Tomorrow, voters in Tulsa will casting final ballots on a package of temporary taxes for over $620,000,000 in addition to a new permanent sales tax of 0.05% (about $20,000,000 for the time period of the other taxes).

Dubbed Improve Our Tulsa 2, the package is touted as funding improvements for streets, public safety, and infrastructure. A combination of sales and property taxes form the proposal.

Michael Bates of BatesLine.com has an in-depth analysis of the proposal, with a legion of accompanying research links for perusal. As always, Bates is the place to go when it comes for thoughts on Tulsa issues.

Bates has also posted a column by Brent Isaacs that goes into further detail on why Tulsans should vote the proposal down. You can access that article at this link.

Music Monday: Over There

In recognition of Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day), this week's Music Monday is Over There, a 1917 song written by American entertainer and composer George M. Cohan that was popular during World War I (and revived during WWII).

Enjoy!


See below for all previous Music Monday posts. Do you have a song you'd like to suggest for a future Music Monday? Email me at JamisonFaught@MuskogeePolitico.com.

November 4th, 2019: Great Speckled Bird
October 28th, 2019: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 14th, 2019: Batman Theme
September 30th, 2019: These Are My People (Johnny Cash)
September 23rd, 2019: Pictures at an Exhibition (Great Gate of Kiev)
September 16th, 2019: The Streets of Laredo (Piano Puzzler)
September 9th, 2019: I'm Ready To Go
August 26th, 2019: It Is Not Death To Die
August 5th, 2019: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
July 29th, 2019: Let It Be Said Of Us
July 15th, 2019: Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor
July 8th, 2019: The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
July 1st, 2019: Medley of Sousa Marches
June 24th, 2019: Seventy-Six Trombones
June 17th, 2019: I Want To Be That Man
June 3rd, 2019: "Les Toreadors" from 'Carmen'
May 20th, 2019: Lonesome Road
May 13th, 2019: Mr. Mom
April 29th, 2019: Have Faith in God (Muskogee's hymn)
April 15th, 2019: The Government Can
March 25th, 2019: Transcendental Étude No. 4, "Mazeppa"
March 18th, 2019: St. Patrick's Day in the Morning
March 11th, 2019: What Wondrous Love is This
March 4th, 2019: Scandinavian Waltz
February 18th, 2019: Adagio for Strings
February 11th, 2019: 'Romance' from 'The Gadfly'
February 4th, 2019: Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
January 7th, 2019: Loch Lomond
December 31st, 2018: Auld Lang Syne
December 24th, 2018: Remember O, thou Man
December 17th, 2018: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
December 10th, 2018: Carol of the Bells (medley)
December 3rd, 2018: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
November 26th, 2018: Happy Birthday
November 19th, 2018: My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness
November 12th, 2018: Hymn to the Fallen
October 29th, 2018: A Mighty Fortress is Our God
October 22nd, 2018: Hymn to Red October
October 15th, 2018:  Indian Reservation ("Cherokee People")
October 8th, 2018: Wagner's 'Columbus Overture'
October 1st, 2018: Danny Boy
September 24th, 2018: Dvorak's 'From The New World' Symphony, 4th Movement
September 17th, 2018: Deep River
September 10th, 2018: Muleskinner Blues
September 3rd, 2018: Boomer Sooner
August 20th, 2018: Psalm 23
August 13th, 2018: Ashokan Farewell
August 6, 2018: How the West Was Won
July 23rd, 2018: I Just Can't Wait to Be King
July 16th, 2018: 'Jupiter' from 'The Planets'
July 9th, 2018: Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
July 2nd, 2018: Turn The Tide
June 25th, 2018: Good Guys Win
June 18th, 2018: Watching You
June 11th, 2018: Adoration
June 4th, 2018: March from 'A Moorside Suite'
May 28th, 2018: Taps
May 21st, 2018: Listz's La Campanella
May 14th, 2018: Handful of Weeds
May 7th, 2018: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
April 30th, 2018: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 ("Heroic")
April 23rd, 2018: Blow Ye The Trumpet
April 16th, 2018: Asturias (Leyenda)
April 9th, 2018: Old Mountain Dew
April 2nd, 2018: His Life For Mine
March 19th, 2018: See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!
March 12th, 2018: Choctaw Nation
March 5th, 2018: Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal
February 19th, 2018: The Olympic Spirit
February 12th, 2018: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
January 29th, 2018: Hail to the Chief
January 23rd, 2018: Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39 No. 15
January 15th, 2018: Bleed The Same
January 8th, 2018: Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Maestoso)
December 25th, 2017: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
December 18th, 2017: I Saw Three Ships (The Piano Guys)
December 11th, 2017:Who Is He In Yonder Stall
December 4th, 2017: Carol of the Bells (Mannheim Steamroller)
November 27th, 2017: Joy to the World!
November 20th, 2017: We Gather Together
November 13th, 2017: Mansions of the Lord
November 6th, 2017: Träumerei
October 30th: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 23rd, 2017: In Christ Alone
October 16th, 2017: When I'm Knee Deep In Bluegrass
October 9th, 2017: I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb
October 2nd, 2017: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (Brahms)
September 25th, 2017: Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor ('Pathétique')
September 11th, 2017: Have You Forgotten?
September 4th, 2017: Bach's Double Violin Concerto
August 28th, 2017: Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord
August 21st, 2017: The Heavens Are Telling The Glory of God
August 14th, 2017: Beethoven's 5th Symphony
August 7th, 2017: 'Lift High The Name Of Jesus' medley
July 31st, 2017: Fanfare for the Common Man
July 24th, 2017: Variations on 'Happy Birthday'
July 10th, 2017: Summer (Presto) from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
July 3rd, 2017: Freelance Fireworks Hall of Fame
June 26th, 2017: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
June 19th, 2017: A Christian Home
June 12th, 2017: Ol' Man River
June 5th, 2017: Choctaw Cowboy
May 29th, 2017: Armed Forces Salute
May 22nd, 2017: Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor
May 15th, 2017: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major
May 8th, 2017: The Army Goes Rolling Along
April 17th, 2017: He Is Alive
April 10th, 2017: Surely He Hath Borne/And With His Stripes/All We Like Sheep
April 3rd, 2017: Here Comes Carolina
March 27th, 2017: 'Spring' from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'
March 20th, 2017: Symphony No. 5 ("Reformation") Finale
March 13th, 2017: The Pigeon on the Gate
March 6th, 2017: Finlandia
February 27th, 2017: When I Can Read My Title Clear
February 20th, 2017: William Tell Overture - Finale
February 13th, 2017: 'Romance' from 'The Gadfly'
February 6th, 2017: White Winter Hymnal
January 30th, 2017: Hail, Columbia
January 23rd, 2017: Hail to the Chief
January 16th, 2017: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
January 2nd, 2017: Auld Lang Syne
December 26th, 2016: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
December 19th, 2016: I Wonder as I Wander
December 12th, 2016: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
December 5th, 2016: A Christmas Festival
November 28th, 2016: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
November 21st: Beethoven's 'Hymn of Thanksgiving'
November 14th: Hymn to the Fallen
November 7th: This World Is Not My Home
October 31st, 2016: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 24th, 2016: 'Mars', from 'The Planets'
October 17th, 2016: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
October 10th, 2016: Spain
October 3rd, 2016: International Harvester
September 26th, 2016: 'The Imperial March' from Star Wars
September 19th, 2016: Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound
September 12th, 2016: Before the Throne of God Above
September 5th, 2016: The Hunt
August 29th, 2016: Liberty
August 22nd, 2016: Summon the Heroes
August 15th, 2016: Bugler's Dream
August 8th, 2016: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
August 1st, 2016: 'Prelude' and 'Parade of the Charioteers' from Ben-Hur
July 25th, 2016: How The West Was Won
July 18th, 2016: Six Studies in English Folk Song
July 11th, 2016: From Everlasting To Everlasting
July 4th, 2016: The Stars and Stripes Forever
June 27th, 2016: Rule, Britannia!
June 20st, 2016: Bugler's Holiday
June 13th, 2016: Ride of the Valkyries
June 6th, 2016: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, Allegro Vivace
May 30th, 2016: Armed Forces Salute
May 23rd, 2016: Paid in Full (Through Jesus, Amen)
May 16th, 2016: Overture from 'Carmen'
May 9th, 2016: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1 - Prelude
May 2nd, 2016: My God Is a Rock
April 25th, 2016: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
April 18th, 2016: Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A Minor
April 11th, 2016: Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune
April 4th, 2016: Hark The Sound/I'm a Tarheel Born
March 28th, 2016: Rustle of Spring
March 21st, 2016: 'Ode to Joy' sung by a 10,000-voice choir
March 14th, 2016: Hard Times Come Again No More
March 7th, 2016: 'The Suite' from Downton Abbey
February 29th, 2016: Moonlight Sonata
February 22nd, 2016: Liebestraum No. 3
February 15th, 2016: Help Is On The Way
February 8th, 2016: God of Grace and God of Glory
February 1st, 2016: 'My Story'
January 25th, 2016: Israeli Concertino
January 18th, 2016: What Grace is Mine
January 11th, 2016: "Meditation" from Thaïs
January 4th, 2016: Praeludium and Allegro
December 28th, 2015: Appalachian Carol
December 21st, 2015: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
December 14th, 2015: O Holy Night
December 7th, 2015: Christmas Fantasy
November 23rd, 2015: Simple Gifts
November 16th, 2015: Preacher Tell Me Like It Is
November 9th, 2015: Armed Forces Salute
November 2nd, 2015: Amazing Grace
October 26th, 2015: The Harmonious Blacksmith
October 19th, 2015: Liberty Fanfare
October 12th, 2015: The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
October 5th, 2015: Elgar's 'Enigma' Finale
September 28th, 2015: Stayed on Jesus
September 21st, 2015: Great Gate of Kiev
September 14th, 2015: Nearer, My God, To Thee

Saturday, November 09, 2019

OCPA column: Academic results show why families voting with their feet

Academic results show why families voting with their feet
By Jonathan Small

Government officials often refer to government spending as an “investment” to suggest a business approach is being applied to public policy. But if spending equals investment, then Oklahomans must ask, “What are the results?”

When it comes to our school system, results are now worse than they were before the “investment” of the past two years.

On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the nation’s report card, Oklahoma student scores declined in fourth and eighth grade reading, were stagnant in fourth grade math, and improved slightly in eight grade math (by a margin considered statistically insignificant). Oklahoma students remain below the national average in all NAEP subjects.

On the ACT exam, Oklahoma students’ scores declined in every subject this year. In fact, 46 percent of students failed to meet ACT college-readiness benchmarks in any of the subjects tested.

When Oklahoma state test results were released months ago, they showed academic achievement was lower in 2019 than in 2017. In every subject and grade tested, a majority performed below grade level.

Those declining results have occurred even though lawmakers increased K-12 school appropriations by 20 percent over the last two sessions.

Some will object it’s unrealistic to expect a dramatic turnaround in just over a year. I don’t disagree. But is it unrealistic to think academic results should at least stop declining after such huge spending increases?

If “investment” alone is failing to stem the bleeding, let alone generate improvement, then more is needed. Policy changes must also be adopted. And parents in one of the state’s worst school systems have highlighted one solution.

Tulsa Public Schools faces a $20 million shortfall. The district’s leadership blames its financial problems on state funding cuts. But, as noted, the state has not been tightfisted over the last two years. Instead, Tulsa’s true problem is that students are leaving the district in droves and state funding is following them out the exits.

Where are those students going? According to the Tulsa World, 3,700 students left TPS for Epic Charter Schools, an online provider, from summer 2013 to June 2019, while another 3,300 students left for brick-and-mortar charter schools.

Parents are taking stock of the results of state “investment” in districts like Tulsa, and are responding by voting with their feet and moving children to schools that produce better outcomes. The greatest challenge for those families is not a lack of state “investment” in schools; it’s a limited array of school choices when their geographically assigned school fails to deliver results.

Combining school choice with greater education funding is policymakers’ best path to improving Oklahoma’s education system and student outcomes. Otherwise, next year may end the same as this year—with policymakers baffled that schools not only failed to improve after tax-and-spending increases, but actually got worse.

Jonathan Small serves as president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Rep. Stark to Hold Study on State IDs for Inmates Leaving Prison


Stark to Hold Study on State IDs for Inmates Leaving Prison

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Marilyn Stark (R-Bethany) will host an interim study over state IDs for inmates upon their release at 8:30 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 12, in room 432A at the State Capitol before the House Public Safety Committee.

Stark, who attended Monday’s release in Taft of over 50 women whose sentences were commuted under House Bill 1269, said that the Legislature has taken important first steps for criminal justice reform, but there is more to be done.

“The Legislature is making progress to seriously address Oklahoma’s incarceration and recidivism rates, but it’s important that we build off of the steps we’ve taken so far and continue the momentum to propel Oklahoma into a Top Ten state,” Stark said. “The easier we can make the transition back into civilian life for people leaving incarceration, the less likely they are to reoffend. We know that the justice system has already verified the identity of each person in the system, so it seems like a serious flaw that we aren’t providing a state ID for them when they reenter society.”

Stark said this issue came to her attention prior to her election to the House while she was working with an organization that offered a food bank. She said food banks require an ID, which many former inmates lost track of while imprisoned, and a lack of state ID contributes significantly to the struggles former inmates face upon release.

Speakers may include Kris Steele, executive director of Teem; Jessica Brown from the Dept. of Corrections; Jeff Hankins, the director of drivers’ licenses services at the Dept. of Public Safety; Captain Sheridan O’Neal, a legislative liaison at the Dept. of Public Safety; Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration David Ostrowe; and Kelly Baker, the state registrar of vital records at the Dept. of Health.

Stark expects to file legislation this year to address this issue. The deadline to introduce new bills is Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The second session of the 57th Legislature will commence Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

A livestream of the study will be available here beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Rep. Marilyn Stark, a Republican, serves District 100 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Her district includes portions of Bethany, Oklahoma City and Warr Acres.

Port of Catoosa director voted chairman of the National Waterways Conference


Port of Catoosa director voted chairman of the National Waterways Conference

David Yarbrough, executive director for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, was recently elected as the chairman of the National Waterways Conference. Yarbrough joined the Tulsa Port of Catoosa as the manager of operations in 2006 and was promoted to port director in 2017. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer who is responsible for port operations and all major construction.

Waterways are a significant mode of freight transportation in Oklahoma and across the nation. Last spring presented the most challenging flooding conditions all across the Midwest and particularly in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 “This is a great honor and very deserving for David Yarbrough to represent Oklahoma’s infrastructure at the national level,” Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz said. “Through Yarbrough’s and his Oklahoma colleagues’ leadership, the unprecedented floods of last spring have received much attention nationally and will now continue to highlight Oklahoma’s standing and solutions to this challenging issue of our aging transportation system.”

Yarbrough previously served as the vice chairman for the NWC before being elected as chairman. The NWC is an organization that seeks to effect common sense policies and programs through recognizing the public value of our nation’s water resources and their contribution to public safety, a competitive economy, national security, environmental quality and energy conservation. The NWC has members from all across the nation and serves the public at the national level when it comes to waterways and ports.

LtGov Pinnell encourages Okies to visit military museums for Veterans Day



Lt. Governor Pinnell Encourages Oklahomans to Visit Military Museum on Veterans Day

(Oklahoma City, OK) – Ahead of Veterans Day, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell is encouraging Oklahomans to visit one of the state’s many military museums to honor our country’s veterans. Veterans Day 2019 will take place Monday, November 11th.

“The importance of Veterans Day to Oklahomans cannot be overstated,” said Pinnell. “We are a state that honors and deeply appreciates our veterans and the service they’ve given to our country. I think a great way to honor our veterans and learn more about their service would be to visit one of our great military museums in Oklahoma. Their stories are important and valuable for Oklahomans of all ages to know and appreciate. I encourage all Oklahomans to find a way to say thanks to our country’s veterans, and consider visiting one of these museums to learn more about their sacrifice.”

A list of Oklahoma military museums can be found below. More information can be found at the Oklahoma Museum Association.

45th Infantry Museum
Oklahoma City

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum
Fort Sill

Fort Washita Military Park
Durant

General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum
Hobart

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum
Claremore

Love County Military Museum
Marietta

McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum
Idabel

Military History Center
Broken Arrow

Military Memorial Museum
Ardmore

Muskogee War Memorial Park/USS Batfish
Muskogee

Stafford Air and Space Museum
Weatherford

Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium
Tulsa

US Army Air Defense Artillery Museum
Lawton

US Army Field Artillery Museum
Fort Sill

Yukon Veterans Museum
Yukon

Thursday, November 07, 2019

New law allows use of school bus cameras to ticket reckless drivers


New Law Allows Use of School Bus Cameras to Ticket Reckless Drivers

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill allowing law enforcement to use cameras on school buses to track down drivers who illegally pass stopped buses went into effect Friday, Nov. 1.

House Bill 1926, by Rep. Dell Kerbs (R-Shawnee) and Sen. Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee) requires a minimum ticket of $100 for drivers who break this law. The law also requires 75% of tickets for this violation be deposited into the newly created Cameras for School Bus Stops Revolving Fund, a grant that schools without video surveillance on buses can apply for in order to purchase the equipment.

“Drivers passing stopped school buses endanger the lives of children loading onto or unloading the bus,” said Kerbs, a former school bus driver. “This is a very serious problem, but unfortunately it’s difficult for our officers to enforce this law. I’m glad school districts across the state will now have the means to install video cameras and hold these reckless drivers accountable. I hope this law will remind Oklahomans on the road to abide by our traffic laws or else face a tough fine.”

“I’m glad this bill has finally become law to help better protect our students. Hopefully, a majority of school districts have been able to install cameras on their buses or are in the process of getting them,” said Sharp. “Unfortunately, drivers don’t always think about the dangerous consequences of passing stopped buses, but this new law will help hold them accountable.”

According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, nearly 84,000 drivers ignore a bus’ stop arm every day.

Gov. Stitt welcome Medal of Honor recipient to Oklahoma


GOVERNOR STITT WELCOMES MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ARMY MASTER SGT. MATTHEW WILLIAMS TO OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City, Okla. (November 6, 2019) — Governor Kevin Stitt today hosted Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams at the Oklahoma Capitol. Williams’ visit with Governor Stitt marks his first official stop after receiving the Medal of Honor.

“It is an honor and privilege to welcome Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. Williams to our state,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “Master Sgt.  Williams selflessly braved enemy fire in order to successfully save the lives of his fellow comrades. His heroic actions, leadership and bravery are inspiring and we are so proud to thank him for continuing to faithfully serve our country.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for bravery that can be awarded to members of America’s armed forces for exceptional acts of valor.

Williams was originally awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions in 2008, and President Donald J. Trump upgraded his decoration to the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House on October 30, 2019.

An active service Green Beret, Williams receives this award in recognition of his heroic actions while on mission in the Shok Valley of Nuristan Province in Afghanistan on April 6, 2008. Williams helped evacuate four of his wounded teammates from the mountains of Shok Valley as the unit took fire from insurgents.

A 3rd Special Forces Group operations sergeant, Williams graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Driven to serve, Williams enlisted into the Army under the 18X Special Forces enlistment program in September 2005.

After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training, Williams attended Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then went through the Special Forces assessment and selection process in 2006 and was accepted into the program. In 2007, Williams graduated as a weapons sergeant from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Throughout his career, Williams deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Juniper Shield serving in numerous positions, including weapons sergeant, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A); senior weapons sergeant, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A); senior weapons sergeant, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A); senior instructor/writer Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group; senior weapons sergeant, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A); and operations sergeant, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A).

Master Leader Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape; Special Forces Qualification Course; the Defense Language Institute’s French Course; Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course; Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Exploitation Course; Basic instructor Training and Small Group Instructor Training.

Williams’ awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and four Loops, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral “4,” Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral “3,” Valorous Unit Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Special Forces Tab.

Williams resides in North Carolina with his wife and son.

For more information about Master Sergeant Matthew Williams, click here.

Interim Study focuses on Arkansas River Navigation System


McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System Focus of Interim Study

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Chris Sneed (R-Fort Gibson), Terry O’Donnell (R-Catoosa) and Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) held an interim study today to review critical maintenance issues of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS), the impact of the system on surrounding communities, and current and future economic growth plans.

The study took place at the Capitol before the House Transportation Committee.

“The importance of this navigation system to the economies of Eastern Oklahoma, the state and the nation cannot be overstated,” Sneed said. “It is imperative we examine issues surrounding how we maintain this system to prevent future flooding and to ensure the continued reliable delivery of products from this important shipping channel.”

O’Donnell echoed those sentiments.

“The reliability of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas Navigation System Channel is vital to the transportation needs of businesses and manufacturing of the region,” O’Donnell said. “Last spring’s flooding demonstrated the need for our state to be in a position to respond quickly to emergencies affecting the waterway. I am hoping this study sheds some light on what we can do as a state to ensure the safety and efficacy of the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Channel going forward.”

Frix said he joined the study because of the channel’s importance to the Port of Muskogee and the surrounding region.

“This shipping channel directly affects jobs, the economy and the recreation activities afforded residents in my House district,” Frix said. “I wanted to make sure our interests are considered and that we have a say in measures that are adopted to keep this port functioning at top capacity and protected as we consider future growth.”

Other presenters at the interim study were David Yarbrough, director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and chairman of the National Waterways Conference; Scott Robinson, director of the Port of Muskogee; Fred Taylor, director of Oakley’s Port 33; and Bob Portiss, port director emeritus of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and former chairman of the National Waterways Conference.

Yarbrough discussed the value to the nation of the MKARNS, which is part of the largest inland and coastal marine transportation system in the world. The system, maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, moves an estimated 1.4 billion tons of agriculture, minerals and other products, valued at $2 trillion, from the American heartland to national and overseas markets. This is 98% of all U.S. imports and exports and provides 20% of all U.S. jobs (63,000 full time positions in Oklahoma and Arkansas) and 1/3 of the nation’s gross domestic product. Projects on the MKARNS itself serve over 7 million utility customers and provide a return of nearly $37 million every year to the U.S. Treasury.

In addition to the movement of products, the system provides 6.5 billion gallons of drinking water nationwide each day, helps to prevent flooding, provides recreation opportunities and habitats for fish, fowl and other wildlife.

The MKARNS and its system of waterways and reservoirs also enhance the region’s outdoor recreation, presenters said. As an example, BassMasters is planning to return to the Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee in 2020, an event that is expected to positively impact the local economy.

Yarbrough also made the argument that waterway navigation is much more energy efficient, with a smaller carbon footprint, than movement by train or trucks. He said a barge can move one ton of cargo 616 miles per gallon of fuel versus a rail car that could move the same ton only 478 miles and a truck only 150 miles. He said to move an identical amount of cargo by rail generates 30% more carbon dioxide than by barge, and that is 1,000% more emissions by trucks than by barge.

Yarbrough explained that cumulative flood damages prevented by Arkansas River Basin projects in fiscal year 2018 exceeded $20.1 billion. He said this year, because of flooding, the amount of products moved on the waterway systems will be down but will rebound.

Robinson further detailed the effects of last spring’s floods on the Port of Muskogee and its 11 flood storage reservoirs. He said seven states’ waterways drain into Oklahoma and end up in Muskogee. He showed startling images of the devastation caused by this year’s flooding and explained how the Corps attempts to manage flooding to keep surrounding residents safe by releasing water from different dams in the system.

Taylor also discussed the flooding impact on Oakley’s Port 33. Both Robinson and Taylor detailed damage to local buildings and machinery, the cost of lost shipping or increased shipping costs as well as job loss and revenue loss, which is estimated to be at least about $200 million. Both said Oklahoma is still struggling to recover from the flooding.

Portiss discussed the history of MKARNS, which initially was planned as a flood-control project but led to the navigable waterway, conservation and recreation areas that exist today. He also detailed future hopes for the system, including a possible future public-private partnership between Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. He expressed a desire for legislative support of and funding for the on-time completion of the White River Entrance Channel cut-off planning engineering design phase in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work plan as well as a desire to increase congressional appropriations to address the approximate $250 million in backlog of crucial maintenance issues in the three-rivers’ feasibility study area.

Ottawa County State Rep, County Commissioners oppose renaming Rte 66 for Trump

Following a recent (and honestly, somewhat puzzling and bizarre) announcement by two Republican state senators seeking to rename a portion of Route 66 after President Trump, the local state representative announced that he and the three Ottawa County Commissioners (all Democrats) oppose the move.

The proposed route that would be named President Donald J. Trump Highway lies within Ottawa County -- which is not in the district of either proposing senator. Sen. Marty Quinn's district lies within Rogers and Mayes counties, while Sen. Dahm's district is in Tulsa County. While the senator representing Ottawa County is a Republican like the bill authors, he has not to my knowledge commented on the bill or signed on as a co-author.


Loring: Legislation to Rename Route 66 Could Negatively Impact Tourism

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Ben Loring (D-Miami) released the following statement in response to legislation filed to rename part of Historic Route 66 in House District 7 after President Donald Trump.

“I do not understand why Sen. Nathan Dahm and Sen. Marty Quinn have filed legislation that would jeopardize tourism in this part of the state and dishonor one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons,” Loring said. “This highway, from Chicago to Santa Monica, is already designated the ‘Will Rogers Highway,’ which is great for all Oklahomans. This is not at all a political issue. It is entirely an economic issue. Changing the name could have a significant negative impact on tourism in this area.

“The combination of Ottawa and Delaware Counties are number three in the State behind Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties as far as tourism dollars being spent here. Route 66 is a huge part of that.  We have the Coleman Theatre, the longest Main Street on the Mother Road, both of the two longest stretches of the original roadway and the Ku-Ku restaurant all right here on Route 66. All of the mayors whose communities would be affected and the County Commissioners join me in opposition to this idea.  This is not a political party divide.  Many Americans with strong political beliefs and foreign tourists would avoid this section of Route 66 simply because of this legislation if it goes through.  That is not fair to these communities.  Please pick another road, and I would suggest one in your own Districts.”

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Rep. Humphrey holds study to explore restructure of criminal justice system


Humphrey Studies Solution to Criminal Justice Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Justin Humphrey (R-Lane) today detailed his plan to dramatically reduce the incarceration rate in Oklahoma and to create a new parole system.

Humphrey’s interim study, Restructuring the Oklahoma Criminal Justice System, was held before the House Public Safety Committee, which he chairs.

“This plan would provide increased supervision and improve outcomes for those released from our corrections’ facilities,” Humphrey said. “It would save the state millions of dollars that could be reinvested into state employees and state facilities. The second phase of this plan would radically change community corrections with a system modeled after the successful system Texas has put in place.”

Under this plan, inmates serving time for non-violent offenses or who do not have sex offenses would be released with a GPS monitor for which the offender would pay. Monitoring would be contracted through a private company, which would share data between law enforcement agencies and the courts. If the offender were to reoffend, they immediately would be remanded back to prison, but the hope is the savings experienced would be invested to help the offender get needed drug rehabilitation or mental health help, as well as education and skills they might need to join the workforce. The plan also would cap all court costs, fines and fees at $130 per sentence.

Humphrey said the new system would free prison beds for truly violent offenders and would provide millions of dollars to help those released as an effect of State Question 780, which was passed by voters in 2016 and reclassified simple drug possession and property crimes valued at less than $1,000 as misdemeanors instead of felonies. House Bill 1269, which took effect Nov. 1, made the changes retroactive to those previously sentenced. On Monday, more than 450 prisoners were released as a result of the legislation.

“This also focuses money back into our counties, our sheriffs and to our probation and parole officers,” Humphrey said. “Releasing people without quality supervision is not the answer.”

The plan would incorporate evidence-based practice principles with real, progressive discipline policies and real sanctions, Humphrey said. This could all be done without asking any more money from the Legislature and would actually result in savings that could be reinvested in officer pay and training as well as into the state’s crumbling prison system, he said.

“This will provide true alternatives to incarceration and incorporate a state-of-the-art computer system, which reports statistical data that will be used to predict and respond to trends and behaviors, keeping us ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing criminal behavior not continuously trying to catch up,” Humphrey said.

The plan also would help reduce the amount of cases currently assigned to probation officers who would be reassigned from community corrections to answer directly to prisons.

Humphrey said he’s discussed this plan with new leadership at the Department of Corrections and the Board of Corrections. He’s considering suggesting a pilot program for the state.

Speakers at today’s interim study were Officer Ray Aldridge with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 147, Cleveland County Sherriff Todd Gipson, Kyle Foster with FosTech Solutions Inc., and Andrew Speno, Oklahoma state director of Right On Crime.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Bill filed to name portion of Route 66 after Pres. Trump


Sen. Dahm and Sen. Quinn file bill to create President Donald J. Trump Highway

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, announced Tuesday they have filed Senate Bill 1089 to create the President Donald J. Trump highway on world famous Route 66.

“President Trump has done an outstanding job on behalf of our nation and Oklahoma,” Dahm said. “We feel like this is a perfect opportunity to commemorate the great impact his leadership has had on improving the economy and bringing jobs and commerce back to our great state.”

The renamed section of highway will begin at the intersection of Highland Avenue near Miami and extend north and east through Commerce to the intersection of Industrial Parkway in Ottawa County.

“Oklahoma is in the heart of America,” Quinn said. “Its conservative values of freedom, liberty and limited government are what our country was built on and has made America a strong nation and President Trump continues to fight for these values.”

Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, will serve as the primary house author for the bill.

“It is an honor to have authored this legislation that will help memorialize President Trump and his contribution to keeping America free and prosperous,” said Roberts. “Many sections of our state highways are named after presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. This continues that noble tradition and honors a man who will no doubt be known in our nation’s history as one of our most famous presidents.”

SB 1089 will require that the necessary funds needed for the costs of the signs be covered by the Senate and House authors and co-authors. There will be no cost to the taxpayers for the signs. The bill will be available to be heard in the next legislative session beginning February 2020.

Abortionist’s birthday party: 'Even on my worst days, I’m killing it'


Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, one of the most prominent and unabashed murderers of preborn children in America, recently celebrated his 78th birthday with a party with his staff. Posing for a photo, Carhart had a placard on the table that reads

EVEN ON MY WORST DAYS
I'M KILLING IT

Sick. This man is evil, as are those who assist and facilitate his wicked deeds.

Carhart is one of the few murderers-for-hire in the country who openly advertises that he performs third-trimester abortions, and he's also a rarity in that he openly (and truthfully) admits and refers to his victims as babies instead of the pro-abortion crowd's preference of fetus or clump of cells.

During an interview with the BBC in July, he expressed no regret or qualms about killing babies in the womb:
Carhart: The baby has no input in this, as far as I’m concerned.
[BBC interviewer] Hilary Andersson: But it’s interesting that you use the word baby because a lot of abortionists won’t use that…
Carhart: I- I think that it is a baby and I tell our- I use it with the patients.
Andersson: And you don’t have a problem with killing a baby?
Carhart: I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus.

Such unrepentant and depraved wickedness. This evil man will split Hell wide open unless he repents of his sin and believes in Jesus Christ for his salvation before he dies.

Rep. Hern introduces bill to restore CBO scoring of legislation


Rep. Hern introduces legislation that requires CBO to utilize dynamic scoring on legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Kevin Hern introduced HR 4959, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act, to the House of Representatives this week.

“Dynamic scoring isn’t a new concept. It used to be the standard, but it was written out of the House rules at the start of this year, to the detriment of Congress,” said Rep. Hern. “When I look at new bills, I don’t just look at how it fits into our federal budget. I like to see how it will impact our economy, how it will contribute to the jobs market, and what kind of an effect it will have on the bottom line for everyday Americans. Fiscal responsibility should be a top priority in the legislative process. The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act will help provide that information so that every Member of Congress can see the full picture of a bill before voting on it.”

The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act has strong support among Rep. Hern’s colleagues already, with 16 original co-sponsors, including Budget Committee Ranking Member Steve Womack.

Rep. Womack said, “When considering legislation, Congress should have a full and clear analysis of a policy’s impact. That means understanding the initial and long-term effects on the federal budget, economy, job creation, and hardworking taxpayers. The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act would implement dynamic scoring to prioritize fiscal responsibility and give policymakers a detailed picture of a bill before casting a vote. I’m proud to cosponsor this commonsense proposal and thank Representative Hern for his leadership on this issue.”

Support for the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act:

"By requiring the CBO to dynamically score major legislation, Rep. Hern's Pro-Growth Budget Act will provide a clear picture of the real economic impact of legislation that would affect all Americans. The act is a strong step on the path to fiscal sanity and fiscal certainty, and all Members of Congress should support this commonsense legislation." – Tim Chapman, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America

"National Taxpayers Union (NTU) applauds Representative Kevin Hern (R-OK) for introducing the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act, which would restore dynamic scoring requirements for major legislation after the House repealed those rules in the 116th Congress. Dynamic scoring, or macroeconomic impact analysis, is a critical tool that helps lawmakers understand the impact legislation will have beyond just the spending and revenues of the federal government. It is both prudent and sensible to ask the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to produce a dynamic score for legislation that would have an impact of $40 billion or more. NTU hopes that the House will quickly advance this legislation, and that lawmakers will frequently use this valuable process to consider the full economic impact of major bills." – National Taxpayers Union

“The legislation proposed by Representative Kevin Hern (R-OK) is a welcome step toward tax and spending reform at a time when lawmakers rarely consider the long-run consequences of their policy proposals. The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act would incorporate dynamic scoring into the legislative process, ensuring that members of Congress understand the full benefits of pro-growth fiscal policies. Research has shown that lower taxation and spending increases revenue for decades after policies become law, and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance supports putting this compelling evidence at the front-and-center of debates on Capitol Hill.” – David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance

“Congress should not approach legislation without realizing the potential impact the proposals will have on the economy. Static scoring provides an incomplete picture of the potential impact of revenues and spending, and it does not account for how a particular bill may impact jobs, investment, and gross domestic product. The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act provides the data Congress needs when it considers the benefits or consequences of legislation. We applaud Rep. Kevin Hern for introducing this bill and urge members to co-sponsor it.” – FreedomWorks

“Rep. Kevin Hern is doing a great service for taxpayers by introducing the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act (PGBA).  Requiring the Congressional Budget Office to produce a dynamic score of legislation will more accurately measure its impact on major economic indicators, including GDP, interest rates, investment, and jobs.  The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste urges all members of the House of Representatives to support this important bill.” – Tom Schatz, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

“Evidence-based policymaking has been gaining steam in Congress. This act would provide legislators with more data to consider before they vote yea or nay." – Kevin R. Kosar, Ph.D., Vice-President of Policy, R Street Institute


Original cosponsors include:
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02)
Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03)
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11)
Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03)
Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05)
Rep. Greg Murphy (NC-03)
Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-09)
Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06)
Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-08)
Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21)
Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16)
Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)
Rep. Lance Gooden (TX-05)
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14)
Rep. Mark Green (TN-07)
Rep. John Joyce (PA-13)

Background Information:

Macroeconomic impact analysis, also known as dynamic scoring, measures how legislation can change the economy in terms of jobs, GDP, investment, labor supply, interest rates, and other major economic indicators. A requirement for macroeconomic impact analysis for all major bills will provide lawmakers with more context and data, beyond just the required cost to the U.S. government of bills considered by Congress.

This requirement was previously included in House rules, but was repealed at the start of the 116th Congress.

HR 4959 requires the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to produce a macroeconomic impact analysis (dynamic score) for committee-reported major legislation that explains how the bill could affect the U.S. economy.

This will enable a more accurate analysis of how legislation affects the economy. The analysis would be in addition to the budget cost estimate that CBO produces.

The macroeconomic analysis would be required for any legislation with an effect on revenue, spending, deficits or debts that exceeds 0.25 percent of current projected U.S. GDP ($40 billion).

The House Budget Committee Chairman and Ranking Member both may request a macroeconomic impact analysis, even if the legislation does not have an impact which exceeds 0.25% of GDP.

You can read the full text of the bill here.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Governor appoints new Muskogee County District Judge


GOVERNOR STITT APPOINTS NEW MUSKOGEE COUNTY DISTRICT JUDGE

Oklahoma City, Okla. (November 4, 2019) — Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the appointment of Timothy King as the next District Judge for Muskogee County.

“Mr. King’s wide-ranging experience as a military officer, private practice attorney, and public servant in the United States Department of State and, most recently, as First Assistant District Attorney, has more than prepared him to assume the role of District Court Judge,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “The people of Muskogee County will benefit greatly from having a man with Mr. King’s compassion, intellect, and work-ethic on the bench.”

“I am humbled and honored by Governor Stitt’s trust and confidence,” said King. “ I look forward to serving my fellow Oklahomans with dedication, independence, integrity, and impartiality.”

A retired officer in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, Timothy King currently serves as the First Assistant District Attorney for Muskogee County where he focuses on criminal litigation. King has prior experience as the Chief of Party for the Rule of Law Stabilization Program, Senior Democracy and Rule of Law Advisor for the United States Department of State-Bureau of Eastern Affairs, Deputy Chief of Team and Advisor to the Ministry of the Interior for the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program, and a private attorney in Muskogee. King holds a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration from Oklahoma State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and a Master of Law from Widener University.

Muskogee County is in the 15th Judicial District, which includes Adair, Cherokee, Muskogee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner Counties.

Music Monday: Great Speckled Bird

This week's Music Monday - Great Speckled Bird - was suggested by reader Charlie D., and was brought to prominence in 1936 by Roy Acuff, an early figure in Country music.

Enjoy!


See below for all previous Music Monday posts. Do you have a song you'd like to suggest for a future Music Monday? Email me at JamisonFaught@MuskogeePolitico.com.
October 28th, 2019: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 14th, 2019: Batman Theme
September 30th, 2019: These Are My People (Johnny Cash)
September 23rd, 2019: Pictures at an Exhibition (Great Gate of Kiev)
September 16th, 2019: The Streets of Laredo (Piano Puzzler)
September 9th, 2019: I'm Ready To Go
August 26th, 2019: It Is Not Death To Die
August 5th, 2019: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
July 29th, 2019: Let It Be Said Of Us
July 15th, 2019: Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor
July 8th, 2019: The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
July 1st, 2019: Medley of Sousa Marches
June 24th, 2019: Seventy-Six Trombones
June 17th, 2019: I Want To Be That Man
June 3rd, 2019: "Les Toreadors" from 'Carmen'
May 20th, 2019: Lonesome Road
May 13th, 2019: Mr. Mom
April 29th, 2019: Have Faith in God (Muskogee's hymn)
April 15th, 2019: The Government Can
March 25th, 2019: Transcendental Étude No. 4, "Mazeppa"
March 18th, 2019: St. Patrick's Day in the Morning
March 11th, 2019: What Wondrous Love is This
March 4th, 2019: Scandinavian Waltz
February 18th, 2019: Adagio for Strings
February 11th, 2019: 'Romance' from 'The Gadfly'
February 4th, 2019: Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
January 7th, 2019: Loch Lomond
December 31st, 2018: Auld Lang Syne
December 24th, 2018: Remember O, thou Man
December 17th, 2018: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
December 10th, 2018: Carol of the Bells (medley)
December 3rd, 2018: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
November 26th, 2018: Happy Birthday
November 19th, 2018: My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness
November 12th, 2018: Hymn to the Fallen
October 29th, 2018: A Mighty Fortress is Our God
October 22nd, 2018: Hymn to Red October
October 15th, 2018:  Indian Reservation ("Cherokee People")
October 8th, 2018: Wagner's 'Columbus Overture'
October 1st, 2018: Danny Boy
September 24th, 2018: Dvorak's 'From The New World' Symphony, 4th Movement
September 17th, 2018: Deep River
September 10th, 2018: Muleskinner Blues
September 3rd, 2018: Boomer Sooner
August 20th, 2018: Psalm 23
August 13th, 2018: Ashokan Farewell
August 6, 2018: How the West Was Won
July 23rd, 2018: I Just Can't Wait to Be King
July 16th, 2018: 'Jupiter' from 'The Planets'
July 9th, 2018: Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
July 2nd, 2018: Turn The Tide
June 25th, 2018: Good Guys Win
June 18th, 2018: Watching You
June 11th, 2018: Adoration
June 4th, 2018: March from 'A Moorside Suite'
May 28th, 2018: Taps
May 21st, 2018: Listz's La Campanella
May 14th, 2018: Handful of Weeds
May 7th, 2018: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
April 30th, 2018: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 ("Heroic")
April 23rd, 2018: Blow Ye The Trumpet
April 16th, 2018: Asturias (Leyenda)
April 9th, 2018: Old Mountain Dew
April 2nd, 2018: His Life For Mine
March 19th, 2018: See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!
March 12th, 2018: Choctaw Nation
March 5th, 2018: Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal
February 19th, 2018: The Olympic Spirit
February 12th, 2018: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
January 29th, 2018: Hail to the Chief
January 23rd, 2018: Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39 No. 15
January 15th, 2018: Bleed The Same
January 8th, 2018: Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Maestoso)
December 25th, 2017: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
December 18th, 2017: I Saw Three Ships (The Piano Guys)
December 11th, 2017:Who Is He In Yonder Stall
December 4th, 2017: Carol of the Bells (Mannheim Steamroller)
November 27th, 2017: Joy to the World!
November 20th, 2017: We Gather Together
November 13th, 2017: Mansions of the Lord
November 6th, 2017: Träumerei
October 30th: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 23rd, 2017: In Christ Alone
October 16th, 2017: When I'm Knee Deep In Bluegrass
October 9th, 2017: I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb
October 2nd, 2017: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (Brahms)
September 25th, 2017: Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor ('Pathétique')
September 11th, 2017: Have You Forgotten?
September 4th, 2017: Bach's Double Violin Concerto
August 28th, 2017: Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord
August 21st, 2017: The Heavens Are Telling The Glory of God
August 14th, 2017: Beethoven's 5th Symphony
August 7th, 2017: 'Lift High The Name Of Jesus' medley
July 31st, 2017: Fanfare for the Common Man
July 24th, 2017: Variations on 'Happy Birthday'
July 10th, 2017: Summer (Presto) from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
July 3rd, 2017: Freelance Fireworks Hall of Fame
June 26th, 2017: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
June 19th, 2017: A Christian Home
June 12th, 2017: Ol' Man River
June 5th, 2017: Choctaw Cowboy
May 29th, 2017: Armed Forces Salute
May 22nd, 2017: Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor
May 15th, 2017: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major
May 8th, 2017: The Army Goes Rolling Along
April 17th, 2017: He Is Alive
April 10th, 2017: Surely He Hath Borne/And With His Stripes/All We Like Sheep
April 3rd, 2017: Here Comes Carolina
March 27th, 2017: 'Spring' from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'
March 20th, 2017: Symphony No. 5 ("Reformation") Finale
March 13th, 2017: The Pigeon on the Gate
March 6th, 2017: Finlandia
February 27th, 2017: When I Can Read My Title Clear
February 20th, 2017: William Tell Overture - Finale
February 13th, 2017: 'Romance' from 'The Gadfly'
February 6th, 2017: White Winter Hymnal
January 30th, 2017: Hail, Columbia
January 23rd, 2017: Hail to the Chief
January 16th, 2017: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
January 2nd, 2017: Auld Lang Syne
December 26th, 2016: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
December 19th, 2016: I Wonder as I Wander
December 12th, 2016: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
December 5th, 2016: A Christmas Festival
November 28th, 2016: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
November 21st: Beethoven's 'Hymn of Thanksgiving'
November 14th: Hymn to the Fallen
November 7th: This World Is Not My Home
October 31st, 2016: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 24th, 2016: 'Mars', from 'The Planets'
October 17th, 2016: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
October 10th, 2016: Spain
October 3rd, 2016: International Harvester
September 26th, 2016: 'The Imperial March' from Star Wars
September 19th, 2016: Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound
September 12th, 2016: Before the Throne of God Above
September 5th, 2016: The Hunt
August 29th, 2016: Liberty
August 22nd, 2016: Summon the Heroes
August 15th, 2016: Bugler's Dream
August 8th, 2016: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
August 1st, 2016: 'Prelude' and 'Parade of the Charioteers' from Ben-Hur
July 25th, 2016: How The West Was Won
July 18th, 2016: Six Studies in English Folk Song
July 11th, 2016: From Everlasting To Everlasting
July 4th, 2016: The Stars and Stripes Forever
June 27th, 2016: Rule, Britannia!
June 20st, 2016: Bugler's Holiday
June 13th, 2016: Ride of the Valkyries
June 6th, 2016: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, Allegro Vivace
May 30th, 2016: Armed Forces Salute
May 23rd, 2016: Paid in Full (Through Jesus, Amen)
May 16th, 2016: Overture from 'Carmen'
May 9th, 2016: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1 - Prelude
May 2nd, 2016: My God Is a Rock
April 25th, 2016: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
April 18th, 2016: Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A Minor
April 11th, 2016: Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune
April 4th, 2016: Hark The Sound/I'm a Tarheel Born
March 28th, 2016: Rustle of Spring
March 21st, 2016: 'Ode to Joy' sung by a 10,000-voice choir
March 14th, 2016: Hard Times Come Again No More
March 7th, 2016: 'The Suite' from Downton Abbey
February 29th, 2016: Moonlight Sonata
February 22nd, 2016: Liebestraum No. 3
February 15th, 2016: Help Is On The Way
February 8th, 2016: God of Grace and God of Glory
February 1st, 2016: 'My Story'
January 25th, 2016: Israeli Concertino
January 18th, 2016: What Grace is Mine
January 11th, 2016: "Meditation" from Thaïs
January 4th, 2016: Praeludium and Allegro
December 28th, 2015: Appalachian Carol
December 21st, 2015: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
December 14th, 2015: O Holy Night
December 7th, 2015: Christmas Fantasy
November 23rd, 2015: Simple Gifts
November 16th, 2015: Preacher Tell Me Like It Is
November 9th, 2015: Armed Forces Salute
November 2nd, 2015: Amazing Grace
October 26th, 2015: The Harmonious Blacksmith
October 19th, 2015: Liberty Fanfare
October 12th, 2015: The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
October 5th, 2015: Elgar's 'Enigma' Finale
September 28th, 2015: Stayed on Jesus
September 21st, 2015: Great Gate of Kiev
September 14th, 2015: Nearer, My God, To Thee